The middle part of your spine is the least vulnerable of all the spinal column. But when you feel pain in the thoracic spine, the consequences can be devastating. Pain and curvature symptoms are the most noticeable issues of the thoracic spine. At the first sign of these symptoms, visit NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute in Edison, NJ. Founder and lead spine surgeon Dr. Branko Skovrlj gets you out of back pain by addressing your spinal disorders. Call today for an appointment.
What’s the Thoracic Part of the Spine?
The thoracic region of the spine begins just below your neck and runs all the way to the bottom of your ribcage, where your lower back begins. The mid-back is made up of 12 vertebrae. Between each is a disc, filled with a malleable substance that serves as a shock absorber.
At the same time, this region of the spine isn’t as flexible as your cervical or lower back because it’s attached to your ribcage. Your thoracic spine:
- Stabilizes your torso
- Supports your chest
- Provides a point of attachment for each of your ribs
- Houses the nerves that transmit vital signals between major body organs like the heart and lungs
- Protects the vulnerable areas of your spinal cord
What Can Go Wrong in the Thoracic Spinal Column?
The cervical spine is built for flexibility and the lumbar spine for strength. The thoracic spine is known as the stabilizer of your spine. Range of motion is much less obvious in this part of the spine, making it less vulnerable to injury.
One of the main sources of back pain in the thoracic spinal column comes from stress fractures due to osteoporosis. Wear and tear disorders and weakened bones are the most common thoracic spinal issues, such as:
- Herniated discs
- Compressed nerves
- Spinal deformities, including a prominent hunchback
- Compression injuries
- A birth defect or genetic deformity
- Wear-and-tear arthritis
- A stress fracture
- Continued pain after a laminectomy
- Unsuccessful back surgery
What’s the Best Treatment for Thoracic Spinal Disorders?
While healthy habits play a role, prevention is the primary way to keep your thoracic spine strong and free of disease or deformity. The best way to prevent common thoracic spine problems is to:
- Maintain excellent posture
- Keep your body weight within recommended guidelines
- Don’t smoke
- Take calcium and vitamin D supplements
- Include aerobic exercise in your daily routine
If you’ve already developed a problem in your mid-back, the best treatment may be a minimally invasive surgery at NU-Spine. Dr. Branko Skovrlj, neurosurgeon in New Jersey relieves back pain and ensures that you have the best quality of life possible. Contact NU-Spine in Edison, NJ today for an initial consultation.
- Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease
- Thoracic Degenerative Joint Disease
- Thoracic Facet Syndrome
- Thoracic Herniated Disc
- Thoracic Radiculopathy
- Spinal Deformities
- Endoscopic Discectomy
- Endoscopic Rhizotomy
- Spinal Cord Stimulator
- Spine Reconstruction